Exercise Therapy

The role of exercise is extremely important to recover from any type of soft tissue injury and essential to your general health and well being.

Some of the benefits of exercise in rehabilitation:

  • Increased blood flow to the affected area
  • Decreased stiffness
  • Prevents muscle atrophy and restore muscular strength
  • Lengthens shortened muscles
  • Restores proprioception (Balance)

Research clearly shows that most injuries recover quicker when patients are focused on their home exercise programme. Along with hands-on therapy, patients see better outcomes and a shorter rehab time.

Exercise is utilised for the treatment of chronic conditions and acute injuries.

These may include:

  • Core stabilisation for lower back pain
  • Postural exercises abnormalities and dysfunctions
  • Shoulder proprioceptive stabilisation programs for instability (dislocations)
  • Pre-and post-surgical exercise such as for total hip and knee replacement surgeries, anterior cruciate ligament tears, rotator cuff repairs, ORIF and more
  • Stability and flexibility training for whiplash injuries following road traffic accidents
  • Strengthening after acute sports injuries such as ankle sprains and hamstring strains
  • Postural exercises abnormalities and dysfunctions
  • Restorative and performance enhancing exercises

What types of exercises are provided?

Endurance / cardiovascular

These exercises work your entire circulatory system including the heart and lungs. They encourage efficient delivery of blood, oxygen, and important nutrients to muscles and vital organs. By increasing your heart rate and making the body work harder, you can help create a stronger and more efficient system. Endurance / cardio exercises are also important to boost your metabolism and burn more calories which can assist with weight-loss. Activities such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, dancing and skating can all provide these beneficial effects. We start all our training at an intensity that is appropriate to your current fitness level and progress to more vigorous activities.

Flexibility

These exercises are important to maintain and/or improve the ROM of muscles and joints. Flexible muscles and joints allow us to get into and out of different positions comfortably. They also help to prevent injury by absorbing forces and dispersing energy. Flexible muscles work efficiently in both static and dynamic situations. When combined with appropriate strength, a flexible muscle can produce greater torque which leads to greater power output.

Strength

Muscle strength is what keeps you upright and moving. Sufficient strength is important for posture, balance, and all your daily activities. Strength training helps you build lean muscle mass, increase metabolism, and reduce body fat. Strength training can be accomplished by using weights, resistance bands, or even your own body weight.

Balance

Balance training leads to improved performance by increasing both agility and stability. This type of exercise is appropriate for a wide range of individuals. For athletes wanting to improve their sport performance, to individuals recovering from surgery, to those who would like to prevent falls or the use of a cane/walker; proficiency in this area is very important.